[Rise & Shine] Chocolate Mud Breakfast Recipe (1)

No, no, it is not this kind of Chocolate Mud cake that I’m referring to.  It is my version of Chocolate Mud, a wholesome one.  I named it as ‘Chocolate Mud’ because it is more appealing to the little boy (AJ).  Anything that has chocolate attracts kids, agree?

This breakfast recipe is self-improvised & it is very easy to prepare (under 10mins).  Give it a try when you are short of time yet you want your children to have a wholesome breakfast before they are off to school.

More healthy recipes to come in days ahead.  Stay tuned!
(Rise & Shine team has some breakfast recipes in their website too, you may also like to take a look here.)

Working From Home Is Not A Bed Of Roses

This article is so apt to me. I am a WAHM (Work at Home Mum) since AJ was 1 YO. Life was easier then as I had a live-in helper. So, when I switched from FTWM (Full-time Working Mum) to a WAHM, the transition was more on myself than the whole family. I just needed to deal with myself.

First of all, the bed is tempting, especially when I did not have enough sleep & when caffeine just did not work. But I am a discipline person by nature. I did nap, but scheduled it during lunch time.

Secondly, I felt that I had no ‘physically real’ persons to talk to suddenly - the ‘lost’ of friends/colleagues. All that I had was a baby, a helper & 4 walls. I did not have any person whom I can strike meaningful conversation with. It really took me a while to accustom to this kind of arrangement, & it was as long as 2 years!

But it was a necessary choice that I had made, a biblical one too. So I just had to obey & move on.

Struggles came again when AJ tuned 3 & that my live-in helper had to leave. The father & I decided that we would not get another live-in helper & so I had to manage the trio task – AJ, the daily housework & my work. Though we had a part-time cleaner who came once a week, there were still many daily chores that I could not get away with. There was no help - my parents had passed away & my in-laws were in Malaysia.  In the end I was exhausted. So we tried ‘tengkat’ so that I need not cook. But, my health took a hit. We realized that the ‘outside’ food was bad for our health & this should not go on.

Thus, there was another decision to make – to put the work on hold & just focus on AJ & the household, after much struggles (& arguments) of course.

Life went on. AJ started formal education this year & I am now gearing up for my work again. Working from home is not a bed of roses, & is certainly not a heaven-sent on the issue of work-life balance. Before you decide on this path, consider whether you can set aside decent & quiet time for your work, have a quiet setting at home to concentrate on your work & support from your family.

Thank God for the bumps along the way that helped me to focus on what are important. Pray that I will continue to be tread the path that He wants me to.

[Review] Lexnfant Brought To You By Spreesg.com

This is a product review of Lexnfant - babies and toddlers products marketed by Spreesg, an online ecommerce portal in Singapore.  While my child has outgrown the age for these products, I have many friends who have children of this age group.  I have approached 3 of them to try them out & here are the frank & honest reviews by the parents:

I have been using a plastic spoon and bowl to feed my little girl, Danielle for a few months before it dawned on me that they might not be BPA free! How muddle headed can I be. In my frantic search for another feeding set, I was thrilled to receive Lexnfant's Silicone Feeding Spoons and Silicon Oval Plate from a church friend. A quick flip through the information booklet revealed these product benefits:

• Will not stain or absorb odors
• 100% FDA foodgrade material
• Heat resistant up to +220°C
• Freezer safe
• Dishwasher and Microwave safe

Yippee! No more ugly pumpkin and tomato puree stains that I used to experience on those 'cheapo' plastic spoons and definitely BPA free, since it is made of 100% foodgrade material.

I went about to try it while serving Danielle's lunch that day. The oval plate is a hybrid of a bowl and a plate as it was deep enough to hold liquids. It also has a partition that I can use to hold soup and the other ingredients separately. The partition was really useful because Danielle has a penchant for clear soup, and she would only want to take soup with no other ingredients in it and she can be pretty sharp and insistent about that! So this allowed me to separate the soup and the other ingredients for her, without having to use two bowls!

The spoon's long handle also made it easy for my 23 months toddler to hold and the Silicon material provided sufficient and a comfortable grip. In addition, it is also of the right size that fits nicely into her mouth and at the same time, is deep enough to allow her to hold the right amount of soup she wants. I am really happy with these two products and am using it for every meal!

Sherry, mother of Danielle who is 23 months old

This is my girl, Josie. She is one and a half years old. At this age, she yearns to do everything by herself, including feeding herself. I was amazed with Lexnfant silicone large foldable storage bowl with cover because it is foldable. It is made of silicone thus it does not crack or break. Whenever Josie throws the bowl from her high chair, I will just need to wash it. It does not even chip.

I have not seen this type of collapsible bowl design in the market before. The bowl can be folded up to half its original size. Thus, it fits in so nicely in my diaper bag without adding extra bulk. Silicone is an inert material. It is non-toxic, BPA free and non-stick. Knowing this gives me an assurance when I am feeding my baby.

The silicone feeding spoons come in handy too. They are perfect to use to feed Josie who is teething now. The spoons are soft on her gums and the size (length) is just right for her mouth. Josie could scoop her food very well with the spoon.

The bright colours of both the bowl and spoons prove attractive to Josie who constantly prefers this set of cutlery to the rest which I bought for her earlier on. After mealtime, Josie would play with the collapsible bowl by unfolding it and then collapsing it again. The bowl doubles up as a play toy too!

Hannah, mother of Josie who is 18 months old

On first look and feel after removing the cover for the cup, it felt too 'wobbly' and 'soft'. My first thought was that my toddler will not be able to handle the sippy cup that way.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that once the cover was fitted on, the sippy cup was sturdy and no longer 'soft to touch'. My toddler who just turned one in December was curious to try out the sippy cup. She did not know how to suck from a straw yet and had seldom been fed water from a cup direct. After teaching her a few times to drink from the cup which has quite a big slit, she started to realise that water was flowing out from the cup. I left her alone with the cup, and she began to pick it up and started her own 'water play'! She managed to get a good grip on the cup even though it had no handles, probably due to the texture of the sillicone and was happily pouring water all over! I would recommend this for older toddlers or toddlers who have learnt to drink on their own from cups.

I felt that the spoon was weirdly shaped. It has such a deep concave front that we could hardly scoop any porridge and rice and feed it to the baby. In the end, I just gave it to the baby whenever it was meal time to let her have a feel of having utensils in hand. Occasionally she will shove it into her mouth and chew on it as she is teething currently.

Adeline, mother of Anna who is 13 months old

All readers can now enjoy 10% off Lexnfant products by downloading this order form and email to Spreesg.com.  Hurry! The offer will end on 3 Mar 2013.

* This is a sponsored blog post by Spreesg.com.  All opinions & text are the moms above.

[Giveaway] Gloobaloo & The Enchanted Forest

This is a theatrical adventure that brings a child's imagination to Live!  Catch the amazing homegrown children's musical Gloobaloo & The Enchanted Forest presented by Big Boat Studio!  The school shows run 11 - 15 March 2013 with only ONE PUBLIC SHOW on 16 March 2013 at 10am!

It is time to unleash your imagination as Gloobaloo and his friends bring you on a musical journey into the Enchanted Forest.

In a performance filled with original songs and energetic dance choreography, get ready to meet the amazing creatures that live in this mystical place!  Gloobaloo and all his friends are in search of the Fire dragon that is destroying the plant life in the forest.

Together with Chirpy and Grumpy, the wacky twins, Gloobaloo will make new friends with the friendly and playful bird, Wikki Zikki, who has feathers as colourful as the rainbow. Watch the graceful mushroom fairies prance and dance, meet the ageless unicorn who is the guardian of the forest!

Come journey with them and see how this exciting story unfolds.

Gloobaloo will unleash your child's creativity through exploration of dance & music, melody & rhymes!

It will be a high energy musical performance to entertain children, promoting language development through lyrics and motor skills with choreographed movements.

Glooabaloo and the Enchanted Forest is recommended for all ages 4 and above, suitable for families and primary school children.

SHOW TIME: 16 March 2013, 10am VENUE: Kallang Theatre
Tickets are sold at SISTIC at $40, $35, $30, $25 (restricted view)
Book online at www.sistic.com.sg or at SISTIC Appointed agents.

Check out Gloobaloo's performances here

About Gloobaloo:
Gloobaloo is a curious and cute alien from Planet Global who has travelled to Earth on his Big Boat Spaceship.

He wants to make new friends and learn all about Planet Earth and her environment. Journey with Gloobaloo's fun filled stories and see how he solves every problem with his magic and creative ideas.

Gloobaloo Past Performance:
In the Ocean with Gloobaloo was staged last October 2012 and raised S$10,000 in support of Children's Cancer Foundation

“(It is) A demonstration of an outstanding homegrown talents, Gloobaloo. And while having fun, we also remember to make contribution towards a meaningful cause.” - Ms Low Yen Ling, MP of Choa Chu Kang GRC

Here's your chance to win a pair of tickets to the performance on 16 March 2013.  Simply follow these steps & the winner of the tickets will be notified:

(1) 'Like' my facebook fanpage Lilbookworm if you have not done so;
(2) 'Like' Globaloo facebook fanpage;
(3) Write a comment on Lilbookworm fanpage that has this blog post stating why you think your child would enjoy this show.

It's that simple!  Please do so by 2 Feb 2013 so that you may get this pair of tickets before CNY!

[Rise & Shine] Introduction

Do you know? Based on a recent survey conducted with 363 parents of primary school students in Singapore, 1 in 3 primary school students do not eat breakfast daily. & as your child grows older, he/she is more likely to skip breakfast.

How is this a problem?

According to research, children who skip breakfast:
- tend to be listless & lose concentration in class;
- are likely to be moody & temperamental; &
- are at a higher risk of weight problems in later years.

To raise awareness of this issue, a group of final year students from NTU Wee Kim School started Rise & Shine Breakfast Campaign, a community effort to promote healthy breakfast eating on a daily basis among children aged 4-12 years old.

Their efforts include:

Ambient Installations
“What have our kids been eating?” exhibitions @ libraries, malls & primacy schools.
Storytelling Sessions
To educate young children on what constitutes a healthy breakfast @ libraries.
Spreading their messages with educational & fun theatre performances @ libraries & primary schools.
Cooking Demos
Demo for parents & kids on how to prepare a quick & healthy breakfast @ libraries.
Breakfast Song
A fun & catchy song with lyrics to educate kids on the importance of a healthy breakfast @ libraries & primary schools.

To find out more about their tours, celebrity interviews, breakfast recipes & ‘Ask an Expert” column, please visit breakfast.riseandshine-expo.com

Besides the website, ‘Like’ them at facebook.com/RiseandShineExpo for up-to-date information on how to raise a happier & healthier child!

On 3 March 2013, visit the Rise & Shine Carnival, a one-of-a-kind kids carnival where they aim to set the record for the Largest Breakfast Picnic Event in Singapore!

3 March 2013 (Sun)
The Lawn@Marina Bay

The first 1000 to register receives a FREE Picnic Goodie Bag worth S$50!


Yay! I received my breakfast package today!

挥别了2012, 迎来了2013

         人越老越能体会老师以前所教的'一寸光阴一寸金, 寸金难买寸光阴',  每天二十四个


       一眨眼, 恩赐就上小一了.  尽管我如何心不甘, 情不愿,  我还是得放手让他去体会大


       是的,  我是偏向家庭教育的.  总觉得上小学花的7个小时里,  很多都是花在排队等, 

坐着等, 站着等, 等, 等, 等.  真正花在学习的也可能只有2个小时罢了.  对我而言

,  这也太不充分地利用时间了吧!  若是家庭教育的话,  同个7个小时里,  恩赐除了可

掌握好该学的那三个科目,  他还能学科学, 画画, 甚至第三或第四种语言.  他也会

有更多的时间与大自然接触, 花多些时间考查圣经使灵命增长.  但他父亲说, 让他

去体会体会大学校里的团体生活吧!  他没自己体会, 不会知道自己错过了些什么.

      好吧! 也许过一, 两年后再说吧.